The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has said it would seek Supreme Court assistance to direct the Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) to fix a guaranteed price for paddy.
JVP North Western Provincial Councilor and the National Organizer of the All Ceylon Peasants Federation, Namal Karunaratne raised questions about possible Governmental interference in and influence on the independence of the judiciary of the country.
The Court of Appeal recently rejected the petition filed by the Party asking for a certified price for the local paddy harvest. Previously, farmers representing several districts filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal seeking an order directing the Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) to fix a guaranteed price in respect of several varieties of paddy in accordance with the provisions of the PMB Act, No. 14 of 1971.
“The Court of Appeal must explain as to what piece of legislation a paddy farmer who faces an injustice must use in order to seek relief under the law,” Karunaratne said, adding that the complete rejection of the said petition by the Court of Appeal was problematic as it concerned a national issue affecting all farmers and consumers of the country.
“We will be going all the way to the Supreme Court with this,” he added.
“The PMB Act is the only piece of legislation passed by the legislature in Parliament and has thus become an Act that contains provisions regarding the sale and purchase of paddy. The Court of Appeal accepts this. It has not been amended or repealed,” he said.